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Naked man sentenced

A man that drank three bottles of vodka and then threatened to cut a woman’s head off was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison Thursday.

Let the little buggers fend for themselves

We’re fascinated by some recent research documenting how decades-long droughts and hot spells have affected human beings, going back thousands of years.

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PCS Volunteers - Heroes of Education

The Payson Unified School District board recognized three volunteers that have given their time and talents to Payson Center for Success, the online school in the district.

Thanks for helping us get our RV unstuck

Thanks for helping us get our RV unstuck My husband and I are in our 70s. We were out on Control Road in our fifth-wheel RV recently when we got into a very tight spot not far from Geronimo Estates.

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Ancient humans coped with shifting climate

The climate’s warming. The glaciers are melting. The carbon dioxide’s rising. But if it’s any comfort — human beings have been mucking with the planet’s ecosystem for a very long time.

Man gets 22 years for abuse of his mother

A man that left his ailing mother in filth while he spent her money, was sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

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History, organics inspire writer

A love of history serves as a foundation for Josephine DeFalco’s fiction. Her work as a nutritionist, health advocate and urban organic farmer are the cornerstones for her cookbooks.

Fire in My Forest: A 50-year perspective

My first real experience with fire in my woods, the pinelands of New Jersey, was at the age of 12. That year, southern New Jersey experienced “Black Saturday” on April 20, 1963, when wildfires burned 183,000 acres of woodland, with loss of life and property across the landscape.

Community Almanac Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Library events The following regularly scheduled events take place at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Rd.

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Zane Grey’s Rim Country years

Chapter 2 – Arrival in Rim Country

The Zane Grey legacy in Arizona’s Rim Country began in the fall of 1918 when he brought his 9-year-old son Romer and a hunting party into Payson

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Broken branch, pile of scat & Mogollon Monster

This is an occasional series about Bigfoot/Sasquatch activity in the Rim Country. This is the second part of this series, in which I’m taking you along on a recent camping trip up on the Rim looking for evidence that Sasquatches may be in the area.

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Fishing: Still the most fun way to stay humble

Are you interested in catching (and releasing) some really big trout? I’d suggest you give Silver Creek, outside of Show Low, a try. Silver Creek is a spring-fed creek that maintains great water temperature for trout throughout the year. The slow-flowing stream has many deep pools where hundreds of 18-22 inch trout are tantalizingly close to the fishermen. Depending on the conditions of the water the day you visit, it may be murky or extremely clear. Either way, fish lurk there!

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Hearts and flowers close on heels of Christmas decorations

The holiday season is over ... what a letdown. Everything looks bare after all the decorations that adorned streets, offices and homes.

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Creek says farewell to a grand lady

Christopher Creek summer resident, Martha Bethancourt, left this world on News Year’s Eve. She passed away while laughing and enjoying dinner with friends. We are told she was “still going like a locomotive until the end.”

Residents alarmed about lead in water

National report raises alarm but local expert finds few problems

Reports documenting unhealthy levels of lead in drinking water nationwide has local residents concerned.

Werewolf, vampire war makes for a movie mess

At the Movies

Underworld: Blood Wars Kate Beckinsale is back in her fifth outing playing ferocious vampire warrior Selene in Underworld: Blood Wars.

Roundup to publish online poll results in paper

Survey brings some unexpected results

It’s hard to predict what poll questions will generate the largest response on the Roundup’s website. If you are like most people, you care about the overall welfare of the community, but rarely weigh in on where you stand — at least officially.

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How I became an ‘artist’

Like most people, I suppose, I’ve always enjoyed looking at a good painting.

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A true example of great sportsmanship

Rattlin' the Rim

Earlier this week I penned a remembrance of former Payson High School football and baseball coach Terry Nodlinski who died Jan. 1 in Scottsdale following a battle with cancer.

Resale Store is main funding for humane society shelter

Did you know that our Resale Store, located at 501 W. Main St., is our main source of funding for the Humane Society of Central Arizona shelter?